An International soccer governing body FIFA came into existence in 1904. The aim of the organization was to host championship matches between professional leagues from different nations. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) first conceived the idea of world cup soccer championship as early as 1926. The FIFA President Jules Rimet thought of an event that would fall in between the Olympics. The original idea did not work well owing to the outstretched hosting of the winter and summer Olympics.
Rimet along with other FIFA representatives first organized the event in 1930. The very first world cup did not even include qualifying rounds. Teams from Europe included France, Belgium, Yugoslavia & Romania. Other European teams complained about the distance to Uruguay and refused to travel so far.
The original gold trophy had the name of Jules Rimet’s carved on the trophy and it was contested three times in the 1930s. There were a total of 13 teams in the first world cup. The remaining countries besides the host Uruguay were Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico and the United States. Due to the Second World War, the competition was put a 12-year long halt.
The first world cup soccer match started on July 13th, 1930. France defeated Mexico in a game of 4 to 1.
1930: Uruguay 4 Argentina 2
1934: Italy 2 Czhecoslovakia 1
1938: Italy 4 Hungary 2
1950: Uruguay 2 Brazil 1
1954: Germany 3 Hungary 2
1958: Brazil 5 Sweden 2
1962: Brazil 3 Hungary 1
1966: England 4 Germany 2
1970: Brazil 4 Italy 1
1974: Germany 2 Holland 1
1978: Argentina 3 Holland 1
1982: Italy 3 Germany 1
1986: Argentina 3 Germany 2
1990: Germany 1 Argentina 0
1994: Brazil 0 Italy 0 (PK)
1998: France 3 Brazil 0
2002: Brazil 2 Germany 0
2006: Italy 1 France 1(PK)
2010: Spain 1 Holland 0
2014: Germany 1 Argentina 0
Most Memorable Shocking World Cup Matches
Senegal Beats France in the 2002 World Cup
In the opening game of the 2002 World Cup, Senegal—a team making its first appearance on this stage beat the star studded France the reigning World and European champions. But the Africans were not finished there. They achieved two more ties in the group stages and went on to quarterfinals before losing to Turkey in extra-time. They beat a talented Swedish side to reach the game against Turkey.
Cameroon’s Defeat Argentina in 1990 World Cup
Cameroon opened the 1990 World Cup by beating Argentina They went on to beat Romania. The Cameroonians did it one more time when they beat an impressive team from Colombia boasting Carlos Valderrama and other talents. They eventually lost to England in the quarterfinals but it was close match ending up 3-2 England in overtime..
North Korea Beats Italy in the 1966 World Cup
In 1966 North Korea shocked the Football world by beating mighty Italy 1-0. North Korea almost went on to shock Portugal as well but helped Eusebio deliver one of the finest World Cup performances ever.
Uruguay Win 1950 World Cup
It was all a formality for Brazil. Four teams—Spain, Sweden, Brazil and Uruguay—would play each other once and the team with the most points was the winner. Brazil dominated the two European sides while Uruguay drew one and won one. All Brazil needed was a draw or a win to be crowned champions. After going down 1-0 to their opponents Uruguay responded with two goals and came out on top by one point and were crowned champions much to the dismay of the Brazilian nation.
USA Defeats England in the 1950 World Cup
Can you believe it? The United States beat mighty England The English side was one of the best around at the time with the likes of Sir Alf Ramsey, Stanley Mortensen and Tom Finney in the side. They were facing a bunch of amateurs and semi-pro player from the USA. The USA came away 1-0 winners in a result that was a real shocker..